Joe the Increasingly Desperate for Attention

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Joe the Plumber has a website. Here’s the link. There’s not a whole lot you can do on it yet. You can get a free “We Are Joe” membership or, for committed JTP fans, a $14.95 “Freedom” membership. You can advance order a copy of Joe’s book, which is titled “Fighting for the American Dream.” Soon you’ll be able to read Joe’s blog and use Joe’s discussion forum to talk directly to Joe. You can look at pictures of Joe.

I’ve never been so convinced in my life that someone is planning on running for office. Any Republican who has been building his or her resume over the course of several years with the hopes of someday representing Ohio’s 9th district, just put away your power tie or pantsuit now. You’re going to get steamrolled in the primary by Joe the Media Darling. See you in 2010, Joe, you living manifestation of the Republican Party’s crippling anti-intellectualism!

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